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Maloney came close to challenging appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this year, but she stayed out in the name of party unity. Her reward? She got a tough primary challenge from Reshma Saujani, a 34-year-old former hedge fund attorney and political fundraiser.
By most measures, Maloney should have been bulletproof. She had a big campaign war chest going into the spring and a a wealth of political chits to call in. But Saujani, glamorous and energetic, proved an adept fundraiser who looked like a serious threat. In the end, Saujani proved to be less formidable than she appeared, losing easily to the veteran Maloney in the Sept. 14 primary. Still, Saujani, who was a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, is definitely worth watching for the future.
Maloney, who is in her ninth House term, now can settle into what should be an easy victory in November. She faces Republican Ryan Brumberg, but this heavily Democratic disrict is likely to remain in her hands.
District Profile from Politics in America
Home to New York City's wealthy high society, the 14th's traditional old-money elite has been partially displaced by young, professional "limousine liberals," many of whom are in high-paying white-collar industries. The 14th has the nation's highest percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree (65 percent) and the country's highest percentage of people who walk to work (21 percent).
Taking in all of Central Park in the district's northwest corner, the 14th's western edge roughly follows Broadway south toward Union Square before narrowing to reach the Lower East Side. Landmarks include Carnegie Hall, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, the United Nations, the Chrysler Building and Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, which includes the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
But the tony neighborhoods of Manhattan's East Side do not tell the whole story of a district that crosses Roosevelt Island to pick up ethnic working-class sections of Queens, such as Astoria, which is still the city's traditional Greek hub despite an influx of other ethnic groups. The 14th is both economically and geographically diverse -- more than one-third of the district's population speaks a language other than English at home. Long Island City, once an industrial powerhouse, experienced decline but is seeing a resurgence through commercial development and the construction of waterfront luxury apartments. A burgeoning arts community has taken advantage of affordable housing in the area. Queens residents make up 29 percent of the district.
Republicans generally are unable to compete against the overwhelming Democratic presence in this district: Barack Obama won 78 percent of the 14th's presidential vote in 2008, and registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 4 to 1. Extremely active politically, district residents are known for making some of the largest campaign contributions in the nation.
Finance, health care, tourism, communications, advertising, publishing
New York (pt.), 652,681
Gracie Mansion, in Carl Schurz Park, is the official residence of New York's mayor; the Museum of the Moving Image is in Astoria.
|2010||general||Carolyn Maloney (D)||107,327||75%|
|Ryan Brumberg (R)||32,065||22.4%|
|Tim Healy (C)||1,891||1.3%|
|Dino LaVerghetta (R)||1,617||1.1%|
|2008||general||Carolyn Maloney (D, WFM)||183,190||79.9%|
|Robert Heim (R)||43,365||18.9%|
|Isiah Matos (LIBERT)||2,659||1.2%|
|2006||general||Carolyn Maloney (D, INDC, WFM)||119,582||84.5%|
|Danniel Maio (R)||21,969||15.5%|
|2004||general||Carolyn Maloney (D, INDC, WFM)||186,688||81.1%|
|Anton Srdanovic (R, C)||43,623||18.9%|
|2002||general||Carolyn Maloney (D, INDC, L, WFM)||95,931||75.2%|
|Anton Srdanovic (R, C)||31,548||24.8%|
|2008||Barack Obama: 78%||John McCain: 21%|
|2004||John Kerry: 74%||George W. Bush: 24%|
|2000||Al Gore: 72%||George W. Bush: 23%|